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Volkswagen Wows in Paris with Exciting I.D. Concept

October 10, 2017

Volkswagen did a lot of talking about its new EV vehicle and its plans to release a bunch of electric vehicles in the future, and at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the automaker delivered on those boasts a bit with its I.D. concept. The futuristic vehicle certainly showed that Volkswagen has good design sense, but so far it’s just a concept. Volkswagen is making pretty big claims around the vehicle, and if the car ends up meeting its predicted range it’s going to be a really exciting entry into the market and well worth picking up for anyone interested in buying an EV.

A Stunning Range

With electric vehicles traveling less than 100 miles in most instances currently, it’s really impressive when you see claims such as 300+ miles for a new vehicle. That’s exactly what Volkswagen is claiming with the I.D. concept car. It isn’t set to be released until 2020, but the automaker says when it is, it should have a top range of between 200 and 370 miles. If that top-end prediction ends up being correct, the vehicle could be something that would meet the needs of nearly everyone. Whether you’re commuting to work or taking a long-distance trip to a relatives, the car should be able to handle the trip without issue, and that’s pretty darned exciting.

Come at a Golf Cost

When the I.D. does finally get released to the public, in 2020, or around that time, the vehicle is expected to retail in the same price range as the Golf does now. That seems like a really reasonable cost for a futuristic full-electric vehicle.

A Futuristic Look

The Volkswagen I.D. has a really futuristic look thanks to a few key features. It comes with plenty of LED lights and under lighting to give it that futuristic glow, but the car also has a long and sleek design, rear sliding doors, and of course upscale wheels that look like they are straight out of a TRON film. The car looks like a Golf from the year 2050, and it’s something that I wouldn’t mind seeing rolling around the road in the near future.

Automated Driving 

The Volkswagen I.D. is also expected to offer automated driving features in the future, though it won’t come with them on its release. Instead, the automated features are expected to be offered around 2025 for those interested in that. That means tat you could hop into your full electric vehicle and simply tell it where you want to go. The vehicle would then speed off and take you to your destination. That’s a pretty exciting idea that I’m sure plenty of car owners could get behind.

There’s no telling if the VW I.D. is going to be released on 2020 like they said it will, but if it is, and it meets all the expectations around it, it will be a pretty cool little vehicle.

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Volkswagen Could Release a Tiguan Type R

August 22, 2017

Most automakers today only bother making high-performance versions of their vehicles if they are luxury automakers with very expensive brands. Car companies like Porsche, Audi and Lexus come to mind first. They’re not the only companies that can offer performance vehicles though, and Volkswagen wants to make that very clear. The Volkswagen Golf R was a good example of an automaker offering a high-performance car that was still somewhat affordable and should be a whole lot of fun to drive around. The little hatchback came packed with power and screamed down the road. Sure it won’t set any performance records, but it’s worth buying for the performance to value ratio that it offers, and now Volkswagen wants to do that with a few more of its vehicles as well.

New R Models Coming

Volkswagen has plans to bring a couple other R Models to its lineup over time. These models will be just as potent as the Golf performance variant is and they should be a lot of fun to drive around as well. The models will include the Tiguan as well as the T-Roc according to officials from Volkswagen. That means you’ll have a couple of smaller SUVs that are packed with raw power to drive around. Of course no specifics have been released just yet, but we can speculate about the level of performance that you’ll get from these new performance models.

Serious Power Potential

The Volkswagen Golf R comes in at just under 300 HP with 292 and that’s a pretty small car. That means that Volkswagen is likely to match that level of power with these two SUV models or surpass it. If you’re looking for a serious performer that you want to drive around and make the most of, either of these two models should be a lot of fun and worth the purchase.

Release Date

There’s no firm release date yet, but they are expected to come out in the next couple years. Keep an eye out for R variants of the Tiguan in the future and watch the T-Roc release closely to see what trim levels it’s offered in. You may be surprised at what you get when you invest in Volkswagen in the near-distant future, and there are sure to be some nice performance options available.

If you’re tired of going slow, but don’t want to spend a small fortune for a supercar, consider one of the new performance options from Volkswagen, the Golf is already here and others are on the horizon as well.

Volkswagen to Bring an Electric Crossover to US Market First

August 15, 2017

Volkswagen has been working hard to develop a solid electric vehicle that will rival the likes of Tesla, and the ID concept car is going to be the automaker’s first attempt to create a long-range electric vehicle that’s much more capable than the e-Golf that’s currently available. The vehicles in the ID family are going to be built on top of the MEB platform and are expected to more than double the 100+ mile range that the current e-Golf offers its drivers. That means you’ll end up with more capable electric vehicles that could be used for more than just around-town commuting. Volkswagen eagerly showed off the ID concept car, but it’s not the car that is going to make it to US soil first. Instead Volkswagen is going to bring the ID Crozz, and electric crossover to North America first and roll out the car later on.

A Capable Electric Crossover

The I.D. concept car is expected to get between 250 and 375 miles on a single charge. Those figures are likely to be very close to the same on the crossover vehicle as well. That means buyers will end up with a significantly more capable vehicle than what the e-Golf is currently, and that’s pretty exciting. The crossover should be better for long-distance travel and for longer commutes. There aren’t many details about the vehicle just yet, but it will likely have a modern media system, and enhanced features that make it stand out in other ways, besides for the excellent travel distance.

Built on the MEB Platform

Volkswagen has been hard at work developing an all-new vehicle platform that will stand up to hard use from its lineup of compact electric vehicles. This platform is known as MEB and it’s complete. It will be used for all the I.D. electric vehicles by Volkswagen, and is expected to be used for the Passat, Golf and Tiguan in the future once they’re transformed to electric vehicles as well.

The platform was carefully tested to ensure it’s capable of holding the necessary batteries and allowing the EVs to function as they are supposed to. With it complete Volkswagen can move on to developing the production versions of its I.D. lineup of EVs for release throughout the world.

ID Release Date

The Volkswagen I.D. Hatchback is expected to be released in 2020 as long as there are no delays. This vehicle won’t show up in the United States right away though. Instead Volkswagen is going to wait for the crossover production to be complete and release that in the U.S. first. That means you’ll have to wait a year or two after the hatchback is released before a more capable electric vehicle is going to be available in the U.S. from Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen I.D. vehicles represent another major step toward heavier use of EVs throughout the United States, and there are sure to be plenty of buyers eagerly awaiting the release.

How the Volkswagen Atlas is Ideal for American Buyers

June 15, 2017

While Volkswagen was already offering most of the different vehicle types that foreign buyers are looking for, it was missing one major section of the American market by not offering vehicles that offer space for more than five riders at a time. The auto giant corrected this issue with the recent release of the Volkswagen Atlas. This beast of an SUV offers many features that American buyers appreciate, including seating for up to seven people. Here’s an overview of the top features of the Atlas, to hopefully help buyers decide if it’s the right option or not.

Spacious Seating

There’s room in the Atlas to hold 7 different people comfortably. There’s even enough space for adults to ride at the back of the SUV without being overly cramped in. Obviously the last row is meant for children, but it’s not off limits to adults and the huge Atlas can carry a wide range of passengers without issues. It’s worth mentioning that the seats are all highly adjustable and you can create an even more pleasant ride for six adults by opting for captain’s chairs in the third row as well in the second and first.

Modern Tech

Of course modern tech is another major benefit and a sought after feature in modern American vehicles. The Atlas comes with a large-screened media system that’s compatible with smartphones, apps and works well with most nav systems. Whether you want to connect via Bluetooth, an Aux-in port or just charge your smartphone devices, the Atlas has the support to let you do all of the above, which is a tech-lovers dream.

Versatile

The inside of the Atlas isn’t just large, it’s versatile as well. There is plenty of cargo space inside the SUV, and there are many different compartments, shelves and holders throughout the SUV to keep all our little gadgets in place. Families will be able to ride around comfortably without having issues like running out of space to hold their stuff. This is a major benefit of the Atlas and it shows that Volkswagen understands American buyers well.

All Wheel Handling

To anyone that lives in a climate with snow, all-wheel drive is a nice feature to have and it provides a bit more reassurance when heading out onto snow-covered roads. The Atlas comes equipped with capable 4-Motion all-wheel drive and can stand up to most driving conditions just fine. This is a major plus that will draw in more American buyers and will probably help a few more Atlas SUVs sell this year.

The Volkswagen Atlas offers what most American buyers are looking for if they want more space for their families, and that’s exactly why it’s going to sell very well when it’s finally released.

Volkswagen Releases It’s Most Beautiful Vehicle with the Arteon

June 6, 2017

The Volkswagen Arteon is a beautiful car that’s set to replace the aging CC. Just like the CC the Arteon is firmly aimed at auto buyers looking for a luxurious ride that’s beautiful to look at while also being quite functional. It’s not a cheap purchase by any means, but there are plenty of buyers that will be willing to overlook the price tag in order to get their hands on the beautiful car.

Safety Features

A car isn’t a quality product today if it isn’t outfitted with excellent safety features. On top of having a well-built frame and all the standard airbag, anti-lock brake and driver assistance features, the Arteon comes with some extras as well. The first is a rear-end collision system that helps keep passengers safer if a rear-end collision occurs. The seats and belts align effectively for the best stopping power and support. The hazard lights turn on preemptively when an oncoming accident is suspect. The windows roll down a bit to allow the airbags to deploy effectively. Overall; you get a better response from the car in the event of a collision and that should help keep everyone inside safer.

The Arteon also comes with autonomous driving features at a pretty basic level. There’s adaptive cruise and the car can handle some driving situations on its own as long as you’re going less than 37 MPH down the road. That means it shouldn’t do much for you while on the highway, but will make stop and go traffic a bit more bearable.

Beautiful Inside and Out

It’s hard to say just how attractive the Volkswagen Arteon is to look at. The interior looks like an Audi with smooth trim lines, plush seats, clean design accents and plenty of sitting room for people in the back seat. It’s very hard to tell that you aren’t in an Audi, a Porsche or another luxury vehicle when climbing inside the Arteon, and that’s what will sell it. On the outside you clearly have a sporty vehicle that stands out. The Arteon is going to turn heads and that’s the main point of it. You’ll love taking it out for a spin on the weekends and will feel proud to drive it around. It’s got the right balance of curves and contours to make it one of the most beautiful Volkswagen vehicles to date.

It Isn’t the Cheapest

The Arteon certainly isn’t a cheap vehicle, especially when you consider that it technically isn’t a luxury vehicle at all. Buyers will be expected to cough up $38,000 for the base model vehicle and the price will shoot upwards from there depending on the features that you want on it. That’s not to say that nobody is going to purchase it though. The Arteon is more affordable than many mid-sized luxury sedans and coupes today while offering many of the same features and that same beautiful look. It’s still going to be a pretty exclusive vehicle and it’s going to be something that you’re proud to show off, which will help to boost its popularity overall.

The Volkswagen Arteon certainly isn’t for everyone, but we can see a real market for the upscale VW and it’s going to sell pretty well when it is finally released. It’s going to catch looks out in dealer lots, in showrooms and while going down the street, and that will result in even more sales as time goes by.

All New Jetta and other Major Changes Coming to Volkswagen

May 10, 2017

Volkswagen is rolling out a whole new line of SUVs, starting with the Atlas and Arteon, but that’s not all that the automaker is working on. The company has been working hard to redesign the Jetta for a full redesign, and is working toward a more electric future. Overall Volkswagen just has a lot going on. Down below we’ll get into the different changes that are coming to the brand over the coming years, many of them are pretty exciting.

A Full Redesign

The Volkswagen Jetta hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2011, which means that some pretty significant changes are on the way for the 2018 model year vehicle. The vehicle did receive a host of improvements for the 2016 model release, but mainly tech enhancements and minor cosmetic changes. The 2018 Jetta should be a model worth taking note of, and

Huge Improvements Expected

There’s no word on exactly what the 2018 Jetta is going to offer, but it’s expected to be drastically different on the outside with new fascia, a modified bumper and likely some body panel changes as well. On the inside we’ll see tech enhancements and probably a new infotainment unit setup as well. Overall the 2018 Jetta will be the most revised since 2011, making it an exciting year to pick up the new Jetta model.

Volkswagen’s SUV Plans

Volkswagen would like to offer a total of 19 different SUVs to the public by 2020. That would be a huge increase in diversity for the automaker that offers just a few different SUV models at the moment. To achieve those kind of numbers Volkswagen will have to come out with a few more SUV models and then several different trim levels for each one. It’s certainly possible to achieve, and will put Volkswagen out in front for SUV offerings, making it one of the go-to automakers for SUVs.

A Future of Electrification

Now that Volkswagen is moving away from diesel technology it’s striving to be the industry-leader for electrification. That means that the automaker is working hard to bring more hybrids and full-electric vehicles to the market. By 2025 VW wants to sell at least 1 million hybrid and full-electric vehicles to the public around the world. That’s a lofty goal that would also make it one of the leaders for electric vehicles.

Volkswagen has a lot of changes coming to it in the future and it’s an automaker that everyone should keep there eyes on. With such lofty goals, there is a lot to look forward to from this company.

Why the 2017 Volkswagen eGolf is the Practical EV

May 3, 2017

Electric vehicles are still new and exciting, and while many people would like to own one at some point, most don’t believe that they can actually afford to do so right now. That might be true when looking at luxury EVs like the Tesla Roadster or the Model S, but that’s not necessarily true with more practical vehicles like the Volkswagen e-Golf. Sure it might not be as exciting, or as heavily covered by the media, but it drives around on electricity alone, it has a decent range and it’s a good solid option for the practical among us, or the people that want an EV without an outrageous price tag attached.

It’s Pretty Affordable

The e-Golf is an affordable vehicle in a few different ways. The first is the cost to purchase it. You should expect to pay near $30,000 without any tax credits, but the price drops down in the low 20’s with the Federal tax credit applied. That makes the car just about as affordable as most other cars that you can buy today, and it will save you even more down the road as well. Drivers in states with affordable electric prices should expect to cut their annual travel costs nicely. If you paid about $0.13 per kw of electricity at home, you would spend $550 driving an average number of miles each year. That’s likely less than you spend right not if you drive the average amount with your current vehicles. Not to mention that you’ll cut down on maintenance costs with no oil change and fewer brake jobs needed. Overall the e-Golf might actually save you some money while helping the environment.

Good Solid Handling

You won’t confuse the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf with any sports car that you’ve been in, but you might not realize that you’re driving an electric vehicle either. It’s quick and peppy from a standstill, especially at the lowest speed range that you’d experience around town. The car can travel from 0 to 60 in 9.6 seconds, and it’s light on its feet even when you take it out onto the highway.

Helping the Environment

Let’s not forget that operating an EV is better for the environment. Using an electric vehicle on a daily basis will help keep pollutants out of the air in your local community, and things will only improve as more power companies switch to using renewables to generate their power. Some EV owners are coupling their car with solar panels at home for increased savings and more environmental benefits as well.

The e-Golf isn’t the right car for everyone, and it isn’t even the right EV for everyone, but it’s one of the most practical options currently, and if you’re looking for an EV right now, it’s the vehicle to buy.